Study Shows 11 Million Ashley Madison Users Had Limp Passwords

Moral of the Story: cheaters aren't that smart.

A couple of months ago when infidelity website was hacked and its 37 million users were made public, the company decided to rest on its laurels of a “strong algorithm” and mention that–while a really seedy website–it was still very safe.

Of course, many in America had a hearty laugh. And now, another reason to giggle at their expense: CynoSure Prime cracked the passwords of 11 million of those unfaithful dregs and discovered that the hack probably wasn’t rocket science.

CynoSure Prime discovered errors in programming which made over 15 million passwords much easier and faster to crack. While the remaining 3.7 million passwords have not yet been deciphered, the group already released the top passwords from the 11.7 million that have already been cracked.

In fact, based on the research, the most common password on these anonymous homewreckers was 1-2-3-4-5-6. More than 120,000 times!

No wonder there were so many “programming errors” with this website. With cracked technocrats like these as VIP users, it’s a miracle anyone figured this stuff out.

The wonderful nerdish website Ars Technica captured all the data from CynoSure Prime in the hopes of placing all this genius on display. Here are the top 11 passwords based on how many times they were used (NOTE: Some are NSFW):

  1. cheating-car-graffiti-2123456 (120,511 times)
  2. 12345 (48,452 times)
  3. password (39,448 times)
  4. DEFAULT (34,275 times)
  5. 123456789 (26,620 times)
  6. qwerty (20,778 times)
  7. 12345678 (14,172 times)
  8. abc123 (10,869 times)
  9. pussy (10,683 times)
  10. 1234567 (9,468 times)
  11. 696969 (8,801 times)

Encrypted or not. Ne’er-do-well hack or not. Even math genius or not. If you’re the dolt who ensures anonymity on chronological order or something your first grader could derive, you might as well know something like this is coming to you.


OTHER SOURCES: Market Business, WaPo